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Synthetic Rope - Who's hawse fairlead?

I've been looking at fairleads since my Amsteel will be here on Monday. I've seen the $25 Smittybilt (apparently cast according to a review?) on up to $100 billet leads. I'm looking to get something that is not going to be the source of any problems, ever. If it needs to be thicker for a smoother radius, coating on it, whatever...I'd like to consider it.

Which have you used? Buy it again? Rather have something else?

Seems like only the local places stock the Smittybilt which I don't care for, another place stocks the Master Pull aluminum lead for $65...may just go that route since it's local.

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I have an Evo one. billet. well made. looks cool. black or aluminum available.
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I like the PSC..


The poly works too...
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When I was looking I wanted something understated and practical. I see no reason for an extra thick one unless you have clearance issues for some reason.

Personally I like machined billet over anything cast also it had to be black. I went with the RE for $55 because it had "Rubicon" engraved. I have a rubi and lay persons would only make that connection. Makes it seem custom without the usual custom price.

I have thought about the poly just because of the symbol that would appeal to enthusiasts although may offend others less knowledgeable. When I install the rear winch ploy may go on there.


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I have a cheapo Smittybilt and works fine for me.

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I have the plain no logo smittybilt and it works fine...
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I've been looking at fairleads since my Amsteel will be here on Monday. I've seen the $25 Smittybilt (apparently cast according to a review?) on up to $100 billet leads. I'm looking to get something that is not going to be the source of any problems, ever. If it needs to be thicker for a smoother radius, coating on it, whatever...I'd like to consider it.

Which have you used? Buy it again? Rather have something else?

Seems like only the local places stock the Smittybilt which I don't care for, another place stocks the Master Pull aluminum lead for $65...may just go that route since it's local.

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I run the PSC, have had the Warn in the past. I really like the ORO x-line one, Viking also makes a nice fairlead as well..

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I've been looking at fairleads since my Amsteel will be here on Monday. I've seen the $25 Smittybilt (apparently cast according to a review?) on up to $100 billet leads. I'm looking to get something that is not going to be the source of any problems, ever. If it needs to be thicker for a smoother radius, coating on it, whatever...I'd like to consider it.

Which have you used? Buy it again? Rather have something else?

Seems like only the local places stock the Smittybilt which I don't care for, another place stocks the Master Pull aluminum lead for $65...may just go that route since it's local.

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My Smittybilt bolts did this after a couple months...twice. Chris at jeepaddons was nice enough to send me some more bolts that hopefully won't rust as quick. He kicks ass, these bolts resistance to rust does not...




If I get another one I'll follow Mr. Ron and get either poly or psc. The Viking ones look sweet but too much for me


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The bolts on my smitty are also rusting. But nothing a quick trip to the hardware store can't fix.

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